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Peek Inside Scardust

Dead Rock, Texas, 2037 Raleigh made a promise to his brother before he died, that he'd scatter his ashes on Mars. His plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and in its crater he finds a man with no memory of who he is—but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brother's last wish.


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2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic Winner

Sometimes answers fall from the sky…

Dead Rock, Texas, 2037

Raleigh Williams made a promise to his brother before he died, that he’d scatter his ashes on Mars. Desperate to leave a life of bad memories behind and start over in the Martian colony, Raleigh fully intends to keep that promise. But his plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and Raleigh finds in its crater not debris or even a spacecraft, but a man covered in swirling scars and with no memory of who he is. At least he looks like a man—a man Raleigh can’t seem to keep his eyes off of—but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them.

Raleigh agrees to help Meteor Man piece together his life through their cosmic connection. But the memory share goes both ways, and Raleigh becomes inexplicably entangled with a guy who is everything he needs—everything good that Raleigh is not—but might not even be human. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brother’s last wish.



"SCARDUST has everything I could hope for: a compelling mystery, complex characters, a gorgeous slow-build romance, and underlying themes of reaching for your dreams and refusing to settle for less." -- Elyse S. @ NetGalley

"Scardust is one of the most unique sci-fi stories I've read in a long time. I was riveted by Raleigh and Crow's story from the first page to the last." -- Emma A. @ Goodreads

"The mystery, a budding romance and futuristic feel of the story had me devouring this book. A favorite so far for me in 2016." -- Robyn @ Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755147
Release Date: Feb 8, 2016
Page Count: 301
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, lgbtq, new adult, sci-fi
Tropes: redemption

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By Cait (Paper Fury) August 16, 2017

Do you see that human trying to duct tape their heart back together in the corner? OKAY THAT'S SOMEONE ELSE. NOT ME. Because this book is 5000% a FEELS FEST and I just want to cry. Like tragic feels and good feels and adorable cinnamon roll feels and just...it was so gritty and raw and heartbreak... ...more

By Parvathy February 08, 2016

4 stars..

A captivating futuristic Sci-fi love story..

Raleigh is waiting for an opportunity to start over in Mars colony and fulfill the promise made to his brother. One night a meteor near misses him and in the crate he finds a man with swirling scars and no memory of who he is. The man captivate... ...more

By Crina (Reading Addict) February 18, 2016

OHMYGOSH! <3 *giggle happilly and dances around with the kindle* This was a-ma-zing! Plot, characters, relationship, emotions, twists and the ending. I think I'm in love! : )) Please read it! If you like awesome and unique and original books, hell of a ride and MM romance.

Original post on Rea... ...more

By Emma December 08, 2015

Wow! Scardust is one of the most unique sci-fi stories I've read in a long time. I was riveted by Raleigh and Crow's story from the first page to the last. The plot kept me hooked because I was so intrigued and keen to find out how everything would resolve itself. The building mystery and superb... ...more

By Joana Aleixo April 12, 2017

*** SPOILERS ***

I really, really enjoyed this book.
After I finished I'd found myself thinking about it.

At first, the way the story was going, I was enjoying it and I couldn't stop reading but there was something that seemed to off... Like I dunno... there was just something that seemed odd and no... ...more

By Julia December 08, 2015

** I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review **

4/5 stars

I really enjoyed this twisted, dark but hopeful book. The major strengths of the novel are the voice and the really unique Sci-Fi, colony-on-mars premise. For me, the best part of this novel... ...more

This was one of those books. The kind of book where you just know, by halfway through, that any review you give it just isn't going to do it justice. It was impossible to really describe, impossible to figure out, impossible to judge, and completely impossible to put down.

It was a slow burn of s... ...more

By Claire January 21, 2016

4 this-book-is-a-UFO stars

*clearing throat*

Right so what did I just read ?!

This incredible story was kindly provided as an ARC by Entangled Publishing through NetGalley.

And incredible is the word because what you believe, or not, and how it affects the way you act is key to this book as indicate... ...more

By Nicole February 04, 2016

Scardust!!! First things first: I received this ARC through NetGalley.
The book comes out next monday, february 8th. Go check it out!!!
I really really enjoyed this book. I loved the whole idea behind the book, Raleigh went through some really bad stuff in his past, his brother died and his last w... ...more

By Nina January 23, 2016

The protagonist we meet first in this book, Raleigh, is a compelling, flawed and still likable character that I got a lot of sympathy for. There's nothing like an underdog unfairly treated but chasing his dream :)
I liked how this book made its readers want to read on to find out what was really u... ...more

By Melanie December 21, 2015

This intense sci-fi comes with prose as dark and poetic as only a futuristic Texas can be, where a boy who waters a roadkill garden hopes to escape his messed up life and run away to Mars. Suzanne van Rooyen draws us in to the world of Raleigh and Crow, and their attempts to find answers to Crow'... ...more

By Denise July 29, 2016

Set a couple of decades in the future, Scardust is an intriguingly unique, intensely captivating sci-fi romance that is all kinds of perfect and full of unexpected twists that screw with your mind. Suzanne van Rooyen truly has a way with words, bringing the bleak setting, the characters and their... ...more

By Jessica November 13, 2016

Scardust! <3 I had the pleasure of beta-reading this book and I LOVED IT. It's so unique and action-packed, and it kept me guessing at every single turn. Raleigh and Crow's story is raw and heart-wrenching and exciting and awesome. The voice of this novel-- specifically the two *distinct* POVs... ...more

By Lia (Lia's Bookish Obsession) January 04, 2017

Lia's Bookish Obsession http://liasbookishobsession.com http://liasbookishobsession.com/stard...

The setting takes place in the near future of 2037, where we meet our protagonist Raleigh Williams, working at a gas station. He's a 19-year-old who has immense determination to keep a promise to his d...


By Christine May 13, 2016

I felt a little bit guilty when I started reading Scardust, because I took it on straight after Anansi Boys and didn't feel like I was giving the author a fair chance to shine, what with having to follow Gaiman. Being a new Suzanne van Rooyen reader (now fan), I couldn't have known that she is a... ...more

By Kristen May 08, 2017

4 Stars

This book wasn't what I was expecting (I was expecting it to be darker or more twisted), but that's on me. The book was a little slow to start, but overall it was good, and really I can't say anything bad about it. It was mysterious, but in the end it was all explained and made sens... ...more

By El February 06, 2016

I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This novel took me by surprise and completely blew me away! A psychological science fiction novel set in small-town Texas, SCARDUST has everything I could hope for: a compelling mystery, com... ...more

By Paul April 20, 2017

the first half of this book comes across as a total clusterfuck. To me however it was not, it was very smart. This is not for light reading and you need to give it 100% of your undivided attention, especially for the first third.

By Jude February 27, 2016

WOW. LOVE. IN LOVE. Okay, so the grown up portion of the review:

Based on the blurb I was hesitant -- it sounded intriguing but also wasn't generally something I'd read. I am so freaking glad that I decided to buy this.

a) the story felt so unique and sucked me right in
b) the pacing was perfect.... ...more

By Chiara March 20, 2016

A copy of this novel was provided by Entangled Publishing for review via Net Galley.

There are mainly four reasons why Scardust is four stars, and because I am kind I am going to outline them right now. Just for you. Here you go:

1) Scardust is New Adult, sci-fi, and LGBTQIA+. This is a pretty darn... ...more

By Caro February 18, 2016

Why I picked this story up:

I need a bit of m/m romance in my life every once in a while, and this just sounded totally amazing. Add to that the intriguing Sci-Fi concept, memory sharing, and a town called Dead Rock to underline just how badly Raleigh needs to get out of there... *gabby hands*

What... ...more

By J.S. July 09, 2016

A very lovely YA sci-fi romance. ...more

By Jacque March 23, 2017

This is going to be a tough review to write. Not because the book was bad, far from it. Scardust was a very interesting book. It completely took me by surprise. It was filled with so many surprises and, at times gut retching sadness, as Raleigh struggles to fulfill his promise to his brother as h... ...more

By Monique February 04, 2016

Dead Rock, Texas, 2037. Raleigh Williams’ dream is to go to Mars; for himself, and also to dispose of his late brother’s ashes on the planet. Raleigh works at a job at minimum wage, he has been to juvie, he also prostitutes himself, all this to be able, one day, to afford to go to Mars. One eveni... ...more

By Aldii - perfectioninbooks February 01, 2016

This book made me cry, made me wonder,made me smile and made me happy.

The Writing:
I loved the writing. I opened the book and I was in that world. Just loved it.
We read from two POVs: Raleigh and Crow.
It’s great to see these two POVs because these characters are different but they understand each... ...more

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3.87 avg Goodreads.com rating
Suzanne van Rooyen

About the author

Suzanne van Rooyen

Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland where she finds the heavy metal soothing and the cold, dark forests inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When she grows up, she wants to be an elf – until then, she spends her time (when not writing) climbing, buying far too many books, and entertaining her shiba inu, Lego.

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